Christopher Byram is an award-winning UK-based script writer.
He has been a Development Executive at the BBC, run his own TV production company and developed drama and comedy projects for all major UK Broadcasters.
Since 1997 he has worked as a successful freelance writer in theatre, television and film but specialising in episodic television drama.
Born in Coventry in the English Midlands, Chris studied Drama/English at Hull University and began working as an actor in the theatre with such names as Mike Bradwell, Danny Boyle and Anthony Minghella; And with companies as diverse as Hull Truck, The Bush and Stratford East. He also worked extensively in film and TV appearing most notably as Eric Catchpole in over 50 episodes of the BBC’s long running series, Lovejoy.
His theatre play, The Liberty Tree, was one of the winners of the Script6 national playwriting competition run by The Space.
His historical play, Nadya, about Stalin’s second wife, Nadya Alliluyeva, was a finalist in the Screencraft Stage Play competition, and was presented by The Production Exchange, at The Park Theatre, London, starring Michelle Terry, Stephen Tompkinson, Phyllis Logan, Shaun Prendergast, Dominic Mafham, Rupert Holiday Evans, David Robb and Jamie Foreman.
He has lectured on scriptwriting and Film & TV production at the University Of West London, Leeds Metropolitan University, Ruskin College Oxford and Bath Spa University.
His TV pilot script Rednecks, an historical television drama series set in the coal mines of 1920’s West Virginia, won the 2020 Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship and is currently under consideration by US commissioners including Netflix, Amazon, HBO and AMC.
TV Writing Credits
Holy City x 4 Episodes BBC TV
Casualty x 4 Episodes BBC TV
The Bill x 4 Episodes Talkback Thames/ITV
Doctors x 2 Episodes BBC TV
Mancini’s Empire x 1 Episode + Bible LWT
Puke Fiction 2 x 1 Episode + Bible C4 Comedy Dep.
One Inch Of Heaven x 1 Episode + Bible BBC TV
Roeg’s Rage x Detailed Treatment + Bible Chrysalis
The Hub x Bible/Budget/Schedule Chameleon TV/Grey Cat Productions/ITV
Wired x 1 Episode & Bible Above The Title Productions (Radio)
The Watsons x 1 Episode & Bible Grey Cat Productions/BSkyB
Critter’s Corner x 1 Episode & Bible BBC Children’s TV
The Wanderers x 1 Episode & Bible BBC Children’s TV
Suits x Treatment & Bible Box Television/BBC
Murder & Mayhem x 3 Episodes & Bible BBC Scotland/Picture That
Shady x 1 Episode & Bible Carlton Television/Noel Gay/Picture That
Queen Of Clubs x 1 Episode & Bible BBC/Picture That
Moonstomping x 3 Episodes & Bible Channel 4 Drama Dep.
The Innocent Pagoda x Treatment Picture That
Seven Eleven x Treatment Picture That
Big Cat x Treatment Picture That
Scripts Currently in Development
Lost Souls – 8 x 60’ Series, Pilot Episode & Series Bible
Rednecks – 13 x 60’ Series. Pilot Episode & Series Bible.
Hardwired – 6 x 60’ Series. Pilot Episode & Series Bible
Running In the Family – 6 X 30’ series. Pilot Episode & Series Bible.
Goombah – 6 x 60’ Series. Pilot Episode & Series Bible
Police & Thieves – 6 x 50’ Series. Pilot Episode & Series Bible.
The Kill – 6 x 50’ Series. Pilot Episode & Series Bible.
PEGGY RAMSEY FOUNDATION A substantial grant from The Peggy Ramsay Foundation, to travel to USA to research a .play about the West Virginia Mine Wars.
PEGGY RAMSEY FOUNDATION A substantial grant from The Peggy Ramsay Foundation, to further develop Nadya after the reading.
NADYA Writer. A play about Stalin’s second wife, Nadya Alliluyeva, which was given a rehearsed reading at The Park in London with a cast including Michelle Terry, Stephen Tompkinson, Phyllis Logan, Shaun Prendergast, Dominic Mafham, Rupert Holiday Evans, David Robb and Jamie Foreman.
THE LIBERTY TREE Writer/Director. A two act comedy juke-box musical inspired by the work of Erwin Piscator produced by Public Domain at The Cockpit Theatre in London as a community/trade-union theatre project.
DEFIANCE A two-act drama written as part of the Script6 programme. Performed at The Space, London, in June 2014 and published in an anthology of new plays by Play Dead Press.
PEGGY RAMSEY FOUNDATION A substantial grant from The Peggy Ramsay Foundation to make a research trip to Moscow and Georgia for a play about Stalin’s private life.
SCRIPT6 NATIONAL PLAYWRITING AWARD Run by The Space Theatre in London, the Script6 national playwriting competition enabled six up-and-coming playwrights to write a brand-new full-length play through a programme of workshops and script development.
REALITY CHOKES Director. Premiere of New Comedy as part of the 40 year Anniversary Celebrations of Pentameters Theatre in Hampstead. Also Executive Producer of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival remount of the original London production.
THE DIG Co-Writer. The Cambridge Theatre Company. National Tour.